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Open 24/7, this retro museum features vintage advertising, “then” cutting-edge appliances, maps, catalogs, classic toys and more. Learn the history of the Lucky Cat and review the chronology of Coca-Cola cans. You’ll find even more at the Collecting section.

Dearfoams Slippers (aka Angel Treads)

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Every Christmas millions of Americans find classic slippers under the tree. For many, it’s a pair of Dearfoams. Manufactured by RG Barry Corporation since the late ’40s, the unique properties of these house shoes make them both durable and washable. Like many post-war products, the foam-soled slipper came to be after a hunt for alternative

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Rubbermaid’s New Sink Fashions (1950s)

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Following suit of total color coordination, Rubbermaid created matching dish drainers, sink mats and countertop drainer trays. Many retro colors were available. This late ’50s ad shows a turquoise/pastel. Other colors included sunshine yellow, green, red and deep blue. This entire set could be had for under $10 (ad shows “as little as $7.96”).

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1950s Ford Dealership Promotional Thermometer

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In the 1950s it was popular for businesses to promote constant and word-of-mouth advertising by giving away useful items. Among the most common promotional items were desk and wall calendars, matchbooks, shoe horns and writing instruments. It was also common for business to offer more elaborate tools and household items with significant purchases, like this

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Gateway Arch (St. Louis, Missouri)

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Also known as the Gateway to the West, the Gateway Arch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM) in St. Louis, Missouri. Construction began February 12, 1963 and was completed October 28, 1965. The cost? $13 million (nearly $96 million in 2012 dollars). Built as a monument to the westward expansion of

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“SLINKY” Springs to Fame – Popular Science (1946)

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Here’s a 1946 page from Popular Science spotlighting the Slinky toy. It’s always interesting to read vintage copy: Given an initial shove, “Slinky” eerily and deliberately flip-flops end over end down a flight of steps. It is simply a spring, but it does stunts that made R. P. James, Philadelphia engineer, think of converting it

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